Rugby League

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Irish Rugby League


Rugby League Ireland Logo [Ref: 1]

Rugby League is most popular in Australia and Northern England. It differs from Rugby Union in having two less players (13 as opposed to 15) and no scrums or lineouts.

It has been played in Ireland since Rugby Union players set up the Dublin Blues in the 1990s as a way of keeping fit during the rugby union off-season. The first Irish Rugby League season was in 1996, but the League didn’t play the 2000 season due to the decision by the Rugby League Authorities in England to no longder fund it. It was restarted in 2001 under a new administration: Rugby League Ireland.

In 2007 a separate Elite League was created with the Emerald Conference as a second level. Folowing this experiment the All-Ireland Championships were reinstated in 1010, featuring Leinster, Munster and Ulster Leagues, with an All Ireland Playoff. There is currently a League run on Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland basis with an All-Ireland Grand Final.

There is also EuroTag – a European version of Tag Rugby and RL Nines – full contact but with reduced numbers.

Below you will find links to the Results and Tables of various competitions in Ireland and involving Irish teams.

RLI Irish Rugby League Overviews

RLI Irish Rugby League (Level 1 Overviews):

Rugby League Ireland Irish Rugby League 2015-2019

Rugby League Ireland All Ireland Championships 2010-2014

Rugby League Ireland Elite League 2007-2009

Rugby League Ireland Irish Conference 2001-2006

RLI Irish Rugby League (Level 2 Overviews):

Rugby League Ireland Emerald Rugby Conference 2007-2009

Rugby League Ireland Seasons

RLI Irish Rugby League (Seasons): 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

RLI All Ireland Championships (Seasons):  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

RLI Elite League (Seasons): 2009 2008

RLI Irish Conference (Seasons): 2004 2003

RLI National Conference (Seasons): 1999 1998 1997 1996

RLI Irish Challenge Cup

RLI Irish Challenge Cup (Seasons): 1997

Picture Credit: [12] Longhorns Rugby League club Facebook (2018) Photo, July 14, 2018: “ROI CHAMPS Longhorns – Galway Tribesmen final score 60-16.” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 9 April 2020][Adjusted]

International Rugby League

International Rugby League:

Rugby League World Cup (Editions): 2017

RLEF European Championships (Editions): 2014

Student Rugby League Four Nations (Editions): 2019

Pro Rugby League

Euro XIII Rugby League (Seasons): 2021

Picture Credit: [1] Rugby League World Cup Facebook Page (2017) Profile Picture [Internet] Available: [Accessed 6 November 2017]

Rugby League Nines

Rugby League Nines

RLI Nines Tournaments: 2017

Picture Credit: [1] Rugby League Planet (2017) Rugby League Ireland Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 July 2017]

Wheelchair Rugby

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation

IWRF European Wheelchair Rugby Championships Division B (Editions): 2015

Irish Wheelchair Association

Irish Wheelchair Rugby League (Seasons): 2017

Picture Credit: [3] Irish Wheelchair Association (2015) images [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 29 July 2020]

Tag & Touch Rugby League

EuroTag Rugby League; Dublin Indoor Sports.

EuroTag Rugby League

RLEF EuroTag: 2017

Dublin Indoor Sports

DIS Touch Rugby (Seasons): 2016

Picture Credit: [1] Dublin Indoor Sports | Wayback Machine (2016) logo_dis [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 November 2020]